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Israel forces run over Palestinian youth in Hebron

Israeli security forces in Hebron [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimaeges]
Israeli security forces in Hebron [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimaeges]

A 21-year-old Palestinian was run over by an Israeli army vehicle as he attempted to cross a road yesterday in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said Rashed Abu Aram was injured and transferred to hospital to receive medical treatment.

PRCS confirmed that Abu Aram suffered moderate injuries.

Israeli forces along with military vehicles had stormed the city earlier in the day.

Hundreds of Israeli settlers live in the heart of Hebron under heavy military guard among some 200,000 Palestinians.

Read: Hebron is braving a storm of Judaisation

Israel has been increasing efforts to Judaise the city which is home to the Ibrahimi Mosque, believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham. The site is sacred to both Muslims and Jews and has been the scene of oft-violent tensions for decades.

The holy site was split into a synagogue – known to Jews as the Cave of Patriarchs – and a mosque after US-born Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinians inside the mosque in 1994.

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